Marble is among the most elegant and lavish flooring options you can find. It boasts a rich history and has been the material of choice for architects, designers and artists throughout history. Completely natural, marble is quarried from mountain ranges all over the world, and tiles made from it are available in a wide scope of sizes, colors and finishes. And while marble is certainly a sophisticated flooring option, it does require a fair amount of care and maintenance.
Marble is a natural stone and as such has a porous surface, which makes it susceptible to damage from different types of spills and stains. In order to keep these issues at bay, a new installation of marble has to be treated with not only a surface finishing treatment, but also with a below surface sealer. This is done to clog the pores in marble, while creating an invisible layer over it.Depending on the volume of traffic in your space, the surface sealing treatment should be reapplied every 6–12 months.
As all alkaline substances, marble is the base in an acid-base relationship. This is important for flooring, as if any acidic substance drops on an untreated marble floor, it will give rise to a chemical reaction, the result of which can often be a permanent discoloration of marble.Among the common acidic substances are fruit products and juices, vinegar based mixes, sodas, as well as different types of cleaning agents and soaps. All spills should be wiped up instantly with a damp cloth. Sealing your tiles on regular basis will help protect them to certain extent. Whatever you do, never, and I mean never, use acid-based cleaning solutions on your marble floor.
When it comes to flooring, slip resistance is determined by the coefficient of friction, which tells us how much force it can take to move a particular weight over a surface. The higher the coefficient, the less slippery a floor will be.The coefficient of friction of a marble tile floor will depend on the type of finish applied on it. A polished marble has quite a low coefficient of friction, particularly when wet, which makes it a potential slip hazard. Brushed, honed, or tumbled marble tiles all have increased traction due to dimensional elements in their surface of.
People usually think of natural stone as a very hard substance, but marble is actually very soft and can easily suffer from damage due to chips, cracks, and breakage. Proper care during the installation process can somewhat prevent this. You should make sure there aren’t any gaps in the set under the floor tiles, as this can create air pockets and consequently create faults in your floor.Since scratching can occur on polished marble, it is sensible to place rubber or acrylic pads under furniture legs and take care when moving larger pieces over the floor. Regular maintenance and keeping the floor clear of dirt and grit can help reduce smaller blemishes.